- 20 or more species ranging from Africa to Australia and the pacific region.
- 5 species in Africa
General identification features
- Small to medium-sized (hindwing 21-32 mm), have bronzy black bodies and strongly dark-patterned wings with blue and purple reflections
- They display their wings while perching pennant-like (at the tip of a conspicuous perch with legs thrust forward and wings raised) or in fluttering flight (almost butterfly-like)
Habitat and behaviour
- Flight may seems weak, they can be remarkably fast and evasive.
- At least R. semihyalina migrates at night.
- Often in groups at some height, gliding to and fro.
- Prefer open water pans and lakes with reds for perching on, Some species in central africa prefer forested habitats,.
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